Today I brewed up the Belgian Blond mentioned here. Everything went smoothly, and even managed to get 3 liters more wort than expected (with the intended gravity of 1.050). I added a slight amount of oat flakes to the mash, hoping to get some improved head retention and body, as I was unsure whether the simple malt bill could give rise to a decent head. The starter I pitched on Thursday was showing great signs of activity, so after I poured off 50 ml of the starter into a sterilized vial for later use (beats paying 10€ for a new smack pack), I pitched the whole thing into the wort. Hopefully this takes off soon. The fermentation vessel was placed in a room with an ambient temperature of around 20-22C, so hopefully the wort temperature climbs to around 25C after a few days. The recipe and a couple of pictures from the brewday posted below.
Recipe: Meowing Monk Style: Belgian Pale Ale TYPE: All Grain Recipe Specifications -------------------------- Boil Size: 30.50 l Post Boil Volume: 26.00 l Batch Size (fermenter): 21.00 l Bottling Volume: 19.00 l Estimated OG: 1.050 SG Estimated Color: 7.3 EBC Estimated IBU: 31.8 IBUs Brewhouse Efficiency: 64.00 % Est Mash Efficiency: 77.8 % Boil Time: 90 Minutes Ingredients: ------------ Amt Name Type # %/IBU 3.500 kg Pilsner (4.5 EBC) Grain 1 69.7 % 1.000 kg Pale Ale (2-row) (6.0 EBC) Grain 2 19.9 % 0.200 kg Oats, Flaked (2.0 EBC) Grain 3 4.0 % 0.320 kg Cane (Beet) Sugar (0.0 EBC) Sugar 4 6.4 % 22.00 g Northern Brewer [10.40 %] - 90.0 Hop 5 26.9 IBUs 28.00 g Styrian Goldings [4.40 %] - 10.0 Hop 6 4.9 IBUs 28.00 g Hersbrucker [4.00 %] - 0.0 Hop 7 0.0 IBUs 1.0 pkg Trappist High Gravity (#3787) Yeast 8 -
Hops and cane sugar
The boil with large hop bag. Still haven’t found any permanent brew space, so have been brewing outdoors.
The huge heat exchanger has just been cleaned prior to use. Took 21 litres of boiling wort to 15C in under 5 minutes.